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December 11, 2019

China
Yes, Virginia, China Is Exporting Its Model

Last week I took part in a debate at CSIS on the topic of whether China seeks to export its development model.  For me, the answer to this question is self-evident: of course it does. Yet as I prepar…

Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 26, 2019.

November 22, 2019

China
Everyone’s Getting Mad at China—A Shift, or Nothing New?

In the wake of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s trip to Southeast Asia, where he tried to reassure U.S. allies and partners of ongoing U.S. commitment to the region, and to highlight Southeast Asian…

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam November 20, 2019.

November 15, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Foreign Policy Establishment Embraces Joe Biden

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: endorsements for Joe Biden, U.S. troops, and new candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary on November 8.

September 30, 2019

Cybersecurity
The First Ever Global Meeting on Cyber Norms Holds Promise, But Broader Challenges Remain

Earlier this month, the United Nations held the first ever global meeting on peace and stability in cyberspace. While there is little reason to expect states to reach a final agreement on major issue…

The United Nations building is pictured in New York, New York, U.S., September 24, 2018.

August 13, 2019

China
On Designating China as a Currency Manipulator…

China really did manipulate its currency before the global crisis.  It really doesn't do so now.   But how China's manages its currency still matters for the global economy.

On Designating China as a Currency Manipulator…

December 1, 2017

Rohingya
In Bangladesh, the Pope Has Balm for Rohingya Refugees But No Answers

Earlier this week, Pope Francis visited Myanmar. During his visit there, he did not mention the word “Rohingya” publicly, despite the fact that since August 25, world attention has been focused on th…

Pope Francis rides a rickshaw as he visits St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka, Bangladesh December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

May 20, 2016

Russia
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Walmart Bribery Case, Myanmar Sanctions, Kleptocracy Archive

Setback in Walmart Mexico Bribery Case Four years after a New York Times investigation alleged that Walmart’s board knew about and covered up bribes paid in Mexico, the chances of a civil or crimina…

Myanmar's National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after she attended as an observer for opening of the new upper house of parliament in Naypyitaw February 3, 2016. After decades of struggle, hundreds of lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi's camp will form Myanmar's ruling party on Monday, with enough seats in parliament to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962 (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun).

March 18, 2015

Israel
Obama Buries the Hatchet--in Netanyahu’s Head

It was obvious that after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clear election victory, the Obama administration and the president himself would try to bury the hatchet. After all, Obama and Ne…

February 11, 2015

The President’s "Papal Infallibility"

The current flap over President Obama’s comment on the killings in Paris would, in an ordinary administration, never have happened. To review, the President gave an interview in which he said “It is…

June 13, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Dimon to Call Bad Trades an “Isolated Event”

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will testify before the Senate’s banking committee today on his firm’s recent unexpected trading losses (TheHill). In his prepared remarks, Dimon will be apologetic, bu…

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the Congressional Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein looks on in January 2010 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).